An ultra rare portrait through the famed Italian painter Sandro Botticelli can fetch $80 million or even more in regards up for sale made at giving Sotheby’s on Thursday, by You.

The auction represents the very first major test of the art market this season, along with the willingness of global collectors to spend eight or maybe 9 figures for trophy works during the health crisis as well as market volatility. When it does well, it might help increase the reputation as well as charges for Old Master paintings during a time when most of lots of money in the art world is chasing newer, flashier succeeds as a result of post-war and contemporary artists.

“There is an interested worldwide audience as well as interest for this painting,” said Charles Stewart, CEO of Sotheby’s.

The Botticelli painting, referred to as “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” is actually considered to enjoy been painted approximately 1480. It is one of more or less a dozen portraits attributed to Botticelli and one of just a handful in private hands.

The seller is actually reported to become the estate of the late property billionaire Sheldon Solow, who purchased the piece found in 1982 for $1.2 zillion.

To promote the job during the pandemic, Sotheby’s viewable the painting all over the world to collectors as well as potential bidders.

“The young man of the painting has done more traveling during Covid than probably anyone we know,” Stewart said.

Botticelli is most recognized for “Birth of Venus,” which portrays the Roman goddess emerging from a seashell. The previous record for his work was the 2013 sale of “madonna and Kid with Young Saint John the Baptist” for $10.4 huge number of.

The job is going to be a portion of Sotheby’s “Master Paintings & Sculpture” marketing on Thursday.